Wizard Wolf - Bellwoods Brewery

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
At the time of its inception, this was a very unique beer for Bellwoods to brew. Though we were earning a reputation for making a lot of high ABV, full-flavoured brews, we still couldn’t deny the appeal of something easy drinking and sessionable. Not really wanting to go the route of the lager, and inspired by the hop-forward low alcohol pale ales emerging from the states, we devised the Wizard Wolf. Weighing in at 4.8% this deceivingly flavourful session ale is easy to drink, and doesn’t knock you off your feet after just one.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-10-2013)
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Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy copper with a finger’s worth of head that promptly recedes to a bubbly ring. Very nice lacing.

(3.75) S: Cracker-like grains, floral, tart grapefruit, sweet mango, nutty, buttery, and a smooth caramel backbone. There’s a nice damp earthy-floral vibe to this that is appealing.

(3.75) T: Grains, grapefruit, floral qualities, straw, honey, and nutty elements. Nice and dry with a solid level of bitterness. Wide variety and diversity of flavours that are highlighted by a herbal-floral element.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slick with a bit of a chalky texture that suits this well.

(3.75) D: This was very good and definitely meets the definition of session ale. Extra points for an awesome label.

Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a bright golden colour, very cloudy with a strong couple fingers of rocky head, showing great retention and lacing.

S - is light but so intricate and flavourful, lemon and grapefruit citrus, guava, some rich berry and almost tropical papaya notes, florals are definitely there along a solidly crisp pale malt body. Really a lot of parts working together here.

T - along a firm pale malt bready body there is a flavour of citrus character, Meyer lemons, with some light hoppy oils, grassy and floral tones, also some passionfruit , guava and more robust tropical notes, the light body really showcases some flavourful hop flavour without a pressing bitterness, definitely a good dose and mix of late hops to add a lot of flavourful complexity to this. In my mind the light citrus and tropical fruit work together decently well. Toward the end it does appear to turn a bit more toward the grainy side and putter out.

M - a light carbonation for the style, the lightness of the body helps the lighter floral and fruity hops take more of the stage and supports the light body. Needless to say it has great sessionability, very flavourful and with a light crisp finish it makes it very easy to return to. Lingering pale malt and dry floral citrus.

A decently flavourful and balanced pale ale from bellwoods, packed a lot of really intense and intricate hoppy flavour into a lighter beer while still making it both satisfying and balanced. That is the main theme here and I think they did a solid job. Could it be better? Most likely. Probably just depends on your hop preference, this wasn't overly bitter but had a good tropical and citrusy blend of flavours to it, I would definitely have no trouble with this as a go to session option, nice lingering hop character to it, with a generous C-hop portfolio.

Photo of ArrogantPrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of baylz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with light citrus notes is quite interesting. Taste is a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops with some light dry caramel malt. Body is fuller than expected with good carbonation. Hoppier and tastier than I had expected for a low ABV session-style beer. I wish this was accessible to me.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with some suspended particles. A foamy off-white head lasts forever, draping the glass in lace. The aroma is lightly malty and citrusy. The taste is grapfruit hops mixed with a light, bready, caramelly malt profile. I guess hops win out, but balance is quite even. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a creamy, full carbonation. Light bitterness in the shortlived finish.

This is a simple, but well executed session ale. It shouldn't be measured against the great APAs, a different ballpark all together. I recommend it on tap especially.

Photo of timiskin
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ssmack
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle from brewery.

Dark amber caramel colour. Half inch fine head. Good streams of carbonation. Some lacing but it slides away.

At first lemon citrus hops aroma that quickly fades. Then nice buttery caramel.

The taste is weak. The dark colour makes me expect strong malt taste. The aroma promises more hops. The strongest flavour is burnt toast. Mild caramel and mild herby hops. Low bitter aftertaste.

A watery feel but good carbonation bite.

This is a light pale ale. It is definitely a session ale as the label says but I need an ale with a stronger flavour.

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from the brewery on a fly-by visit. Wish I could have hung out longer and had a few brews at the garage. Next time.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint, splotchy wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Loose hear, but it left some nice looking lacing.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, pine and grapefruit with some light melon citrus aromas. Really nice stuff.

TASTE: Some pale malts, grainy bread, a touch of malty sweetness, then some floral bitterness at the swallow. Big but dry finish of floral bitterness and touch of grainy bread flavors. Little sweetness; mostly a bitter hop finish with grainy flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: The nose on this one is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't follow suit. This one is a little too grainy for my tastes, as well as being bitter for the sake of being bitter; didn't get as much flavor out of the hops as the nose had suggested. Still a good low ABV session beer here, but not something I'd have to jump at again.

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wizard Wolf is a unique name but the beer looks pretty ordinary; lemon curd yellow against the light, the beer has bright highlights but a consistently blurry complexion. Its head is firm and foamy and maintains its size and form even as the liquid beneath it drops.

The leafy, earthy, raw hop smell reminds me of harvesting hops from a friend's backyard vines. But this bouquet doesn't herald the typical notes of tropical fruits or resinous serums; it actually smells a lot like a green tea (with a side of honeyed biscuits).

Wizard Wolf is 'politely pungent' - the crude earthiness of the hops makes a brief appearance on the palate but quickly crumbles. Far from bitter, the mouthfeel is marked by a very prominent maltiness and, by extension, lots of wholesome fresh-baked breadiness.

That honey-nut cereal grain taste dominates the flavour. In fact, there's very little else to describe the beer by. While its mild and simple profile serves it well as a so-called "session ale" (4.8% is basically 5%, not session-strength by definition), it makes it challenging to review.

Wizard Wolf has hops that howl but not bite. Dry-hopping affords this ale a good amount of hoppiness without taking away from its mainstream agreeableness. Indeed, while most Bellwoods offerings are out of this world, this one falls squarely into the realm of the ordinary.

Photo of FEUO
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tbeckett
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought this home from Toronto. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy golden or dark orange. Good soapy two finger white head on top with strong carbonation. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Zest, light fruits, light citrus, peach, grass.

T - Same as the aroma. Light/zesty fruits. Passionfruity, citrus peel, extremely hop forward.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - Nice and light with lot's of hop character. Very similar to a few Australian beers. Nice session ale by North American standards.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, white surface coating of head. Nose of citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine forward, with a biscuit backbone. Flavors of pepper, cannibus, and oregano spices in the forward hops profile, with a tangerine and grapefruit backbone. Very light and crisp in mouth. Bitter and sweet aftertaste, with a slightly filmy, dry finish. Very easy to drink.

Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from brewery. Enjoyable bitter ale, more so than being a classical APA. Light citrus. Floral hops. Moderate foam head on light orange body. Soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing. I see this being available in cans, replacing much big lot beer.

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of peensteen
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy orange colour, 1.5 fingers of dense and rocky white head, lots of lace. Smell is packed with citrus fruit, orange, grapefruit and mango, a bit of malt in the mix as well but a big hop presence is dominant. Dry and bitter up front, lots of juicy citrus, orange flavours lead to a bready malt sweetness, more drying hop in the finish. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Solid pale ale here, low abv with a ton of flavour, not unlike the Common but much drier.

Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.